And the axeing of the Victoria Derbyshire Show suggests that the next Director General must be a transformational one.
Also: Spotlight on the literal handful of MPs providing Stormont’s entire opposition; and Scottish Tories offer a budget deal to the SNP.
Rachel Wolf: My top tip for Labour leadership candidates – parties can’t win everywhere, and shouldn’t try
Try to please everyone and you end up pleasing nobody. Even Lisa Nandy, who seems more alert than most of her rivals, has fallen into this trap.
By the time May finally stepped down, I was concerned about the future of our parliamentary democracy. What a waste of well over three years.
A new study by a former senior adviser to two Tory Chancellors gets itself back to front. Inequality is not so much a cause of processes as a consequence.
James Frayne: Ten errors that Conservatives must avoid making about the new working class voters who backed them last month
Listening to conversations in Westminster in recent days, I fear a number of misconceptions will drive bad decision-making.
Withdrawal from the EU provides a necessity and an opportunity to illustrate that the UK is “open for business”.
I’m looking forward to helping put some local and national issues on the table when I make mine later today.
David Gauke: As a non-Tory at the last election, my worry is that this Government won’t be Conservative enough
As a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I am uneasy about the bail-out of Flybe. Every time a private business is bailed out by the taxpayer, the pressure grows.
Plus: Open regional Tory offices but don’t take CCHQ out of London. The coming IR35 disaster. And: where will you be on January 31?
Henry Hill: New decade, old story? Smith’s Stormont deal under fire from Tory MPs and Ulster parties
Also: Scottish Conservative leadership candidates set out how they’ll take the fight to the SNP; Jack says no referendum re-run in Sturgeon’s lifetime.
Garvan Walshe: The shooting down of a civilian flight does Iran’s rulers more harm than the assassination of Soleimani
Within Tehran’s divided and vengeful establishment, the race is on to avoid blame. But the regime as a whole has been found wanting.
I have lost count as to how many Tories I have recently met who assume that we will be in power for the next ten to fifteen years. That worries me.
Andy Street: Levelling up for the Midlands and North. Javid must tear up the Treasury rules to make sure it happens.
We in the regions must accept that it will be up to us to provide the detailed data that will help to monitor the success of investment made.
Neil O’Brien: R & D. We invest disproportionately in the first at the expense of the second. Here’s how to improve.
This imbalance is driven by the core science budget: the Research Councils (which fund projects) and Quality Related “QR” funding, which universities allocate.